The cheetah is the most unique and specialised member of the cat family. It can reach speeds of 64mph, making it the fastest creature on land. Tanzania is home to the Serengeti Cheetah Project, a 27 year study of known individual cheetahs that has told us much of what we know about wild cheetahs.
Cheetahs used to be widespread across Africa and across Asia through to India. However today, cheetahs have been wiped out in India, and very few survive in the Middle East. Now most of the cheetahs surviving are concentrated in sub-Saharan Africa. Namibia holds the largest surviving population, but Tanzania, Kenya, Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa also hold important populations. The world-wide cheetah population continues to decline due to persecution, particularly in southern Africa, and loss of habitat. Wherever they occur, cheetahs are rare and at low density.
We hope you are lucky enough to see cheetahs during your stay in Tanzania. If you do, then please protect them by making use of cheetah friendly watching practices. The national parks and game reserves in Tanzania are a sanctuary for the cheetah, where they should be free of persecution of all times.